The Allure Of Alpaca Farming

An alpaca is a camelid mammal native to the mountainous regions of Southern America with the bulk of the population found in Bolivia, Chile and Peru. Alpacas usually grow up to 3 feet tall and weigh between 100 and 200 pounds on average. The alpacas are often confused with Llamas mainly due to similar looks but they are distinctly smaller in size and are not as industrious as their counterparts and therefore they are not bred as working animals. 

Alpaca farms

There are two main reasons why farmers pursue alpaca farming. There are those who do it as a fun activity while others pursue it as an economic activity. Considered to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the farming industry, the allure of alpaca farming can be attributed to a variety of benefits. However, it is good to note that alpaca farming is a long term investment and therefore any interested farmer must put in the work, time and emotional investment in the project as well as making sure they meet weee compliance protocols.

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Benefits of alpaca farming

The main reason behind alpaca farming is their fibre. It is considerably warmer, lighter and softer compared to different types of wool and therefore its applicability in the manufacture of cold weather clothing. These include ponchos, scarves, jackets, blankets, inner lining for boots, hats and socks among others. The fact that the alpacas come in different shades of white, black and brown means that the fibre does not need to be dyed which increases its appeal to textile manufacturers.

The alpacas are two toed mammals and they are not only light in weight but they are also light on their toes. This means that their impact on the land is not as great as that of other animals and therefore, they are considered environmentally friendly to maintain. Besides this, their manure can be used on crops and flowers on the farm as opposed to using synthetic fertilisers.

These animals are also considered excellent guard dogs for other livestock on the farms owing to their excellent sight. In addition to this, alpacas are easy to train and herd as they respond easily to a reward system especially food items. They also easy to maintain during winter since they only require hay, grass or shrubs.    

Given the low cost of keeping and maintaining the alpacas, farmers can make a lot of money in the long run. Besides this, farmers may open up their farms to visitors as an alternative source of income. This entails offering guided tours of the alpaca farms and allowing individuals to pet the animals at a fee.

WEEE Compliance on alpaca farms

Waste electrical and electronic equipment directive is a government directive on the proper disposal of electrical and electronic waste including television sets, computers, laptops, mobile phones, radios and music systems among others. The directive aims at ensuring that all e-waste is collected, sorted, recycled or treated before it is properly disposed. 
All electrical and electronic equipment on the alpaca farms must be properly disposed off for a number of reasons. First, it prevents harmful chemicals from seeping into the grounds and therefore contaminating the soil and water sources. This is important because the harmful chemicals in different equipment may result in poor harvests, poisonous crops and may affect the health of the alpacas. This ultimately results in financial losses on the farm.

Secondly, it is in line with government regulations and directives on the disposal of electric and electronic equipment in the United Kingdom. Compliance prevents your farm from breaking the law and therefore averts legal issues that may results in heavy penalties or even jail time for the management team. Such legal issues can be expensive for your farm- they are time and resource intensive.